LAARA CASSELLS 

LAARA is a contemporary Canadian painter best known for her representational paintings and portraits. Since 2010 her award-winning work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions worldwide, including Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, South Korea, Poland, Switzerland and across the USA and Canada.

Artist’s Statement:

I have a passion for painting portraits whether of a human or an animal. I often work in series where I can develop a theme over time and I enjoy telling stories with my paintings.

These images are from my “becoming” series which features 13-year-old girls. This is a fascinating age as it marks that important transitional period from childhood to adolescence. While my charming models have invariably shared a self-confident persona with me, I recognize that they are also volatile and unpredictable. They can be mature, affectionate and delightful, but also self-centred, moody, surly and backtalking.  As this is a liminal stage when the individual is “neither here nor there; they are betwixt and between” (Victor Turner) I will be including portraits where the model shows a pensive, thoughtful moment, or is being moody as well as images of the girls being competent and powerful.  Being a teenager has never been easy and I wish to portray some of the inconsistencies I have noted as these young women deal with the challenge of feeling invincible and invisible at the same time.

Acrylic on canvas

web address:  www.laaracassells.com

email:  laara.cassells@gmail.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/laaracassellsart/

Instagram: @laaracassells

 

Talia

 

Karlee

 

Callie

 

Nina

 

Gwenin

 

Jordyn

 

Sisters

 

Jade

 

Adeline

 

Emily

 

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NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY

An  Edge of Humanity Magazine Project

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